New smart ID cards to replace South Africa’s green barcoded ID books will be launched on 18 July
The Sharpeville shooting marked a turning point in Apartheid’s fortunes. The massacre of 69 protestors by police galvanised world opinion and was the first real shot-in-the-arm to the anti-Apartheid movement in the West. Meanwhile, inside the country, Sharpeville set off a wave of rioting and unrest and set the stage for an entirely new level of Government repression in the decade to come.
…I feel a need to apologise to you (an apology you will never read or hear but that does not matter) for the unpleasant attention forced on you at this time.
Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights. The Mandela Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July and everyday thereafter to give back.
It is believed that 26-year-old Duduzile Zozo’s murder was as a result of her sexual orientation.
The Nobel Peace Prize is probably Nelson Mandela’s most notable award, but did you know that the South African struggle icon has received more than 250 awards? Here are 10 of the most prestigious.
South African authorities and Nelson Mandela’s friend deny that the former president was unconscious following reports that a court document claims he is on life permanent life support.
For me, the tears that have surprised me over my cornflakes as I watch breakfast TV updates on his condition, are very real indeed. They stem from a love of my country but also from a very personal experience of meeting Mr Mandela. From that moment on, Nelson Mandela wasn’t just an anti-apartheid hero, a former president, or a Nobel prize winner, he was someone whose hands I had held. He was MY Mandela.
The councillors of Brent came to a unanimous vote to present the award to Nelson Mandela. He is only the second person to have ever received the honour.
The immediate after-effect of the adoption of the Freedom Charter was increasing paranoia in the Apartheid state. As Chief Albert Luthuli said of the Treason Trial which came shortly thereafter: “That grim pre-dawn raid, deliberately calculated to strike terror into hesitant minds and impress upon the entire nation the determination of the governing clique to stifle all opposition, made one hundred and fifty-six of us, belonging to all the races of our land, into a group of accused facing one of the most serious charges in any legal system.”
Madiba’s relative believes that the current government has failed South Africans and wants to join the opposition party.
Sensitive negotiations are taking place between the South African High Commission and UK authorities concerning a potential memorial service for Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey when the time comes – a move that would make him the first non-Briton to be honoured in such a way.
The Eastern Cape villages of Qunu and Mvezo are in the spotlight as battle commences between Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla and the rest of his family about where to bury Madiba.
A portrait of Nelson Mandela by South African artist Conor Mccreedy has disappeared from a New York storage space.
Nelson Mandela’s family complained about international media invading their privacy as reporters are camping outside the hospital in Pretoria, where the former leader fights for his life
Whilst wishing Mandela a full recovery we can, and indeed must, use this opportunity to talk about the importance of palliative care — a taboo across much of the world including most of Africa, writes Steve Hynd from the African PalliativeCare Association
The Freedom Charter was drafted by Rusty Bernstein, calling for the creation of a democratic, non-racialist state with the nationalisation of major industry. When the charter was adopted at a June 1955 conference in Kliptown attended by 3000 delegates, police cracked down on the event, but it remained a key part of Mandela’s ideology.
With Nelson Mandela critically ill in hospital, fresh rumours that race riots in South Africa will erupt when he dies have been described as ‘ridiculous’ and a betrayal of Mandela’s legacy of reconciliation.
As former South African president Nelson Mandela spends his third day in a critical condition, his relatives gather in his hometown Qunu to “discuss delicate matters”
On this day, 18 years ago, South Africa won the Rugby World Cup on home turf. But even more important than the score, was what the game had meant for a newly-healing South Africa under the guidance of its first black president: Nelson Mandela – the ultimate Springbok.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s condition has deteriorated, with the Presidency saying he is now in a critical condition in hospital.
Nelson Mandela’s Living Legacy | With the involvement of the South African Indian Congress, the Coloured People’s Congress, the South African Congress of Trade Unions and the Congress of Democrats, the ANC planned a Congress of the People, calling on all South Africans to send in proposals for a post-apartheid era.